Town grants spe­cial per­mit to deal­er­ship

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

Town Board mem­bers have granted a spe­cial use per­mit to Romeo Kia to open a car deal­er­ship at 1905 Ul­ster Ave. in Lake Katrine, but site plan ap­proval is still re­quired.

The per­mit was ap­proved fol­low­ing a pub­lic hear­ing last week, with of­fi­cials not­ing Romeo Kia needed the au­tho­riza­tion be­cause the prop­erty in is in the Of­fice Man­u­fac­tur­ing District and the High­way Com­mer­cial District.

“Car deal­er­ship ... in the Of­fice Man­u­fac­tur­ing District, they are al­lowed sub­ject to a spe­cial per­mit of the Town Board,” said Town At­tor­ney Ja­son Ko­vacs.

Un­der the plan, Romeo Kia would move from 111 Sch­wenk Drive in Kingston, where the busi­ness was es­tab­lished as Kingston Buick in March 2000 and later changed to Romeo Chevro­let.

Deal­er­ship Gen­eral Man­ager Lu­cia Romeo said the move will al­low bet­ter park­ing and broaden the se­lec­tion of ve­hi­cles that can be dis­played.

Con­cern raised dur­ing

the hear­ing came from neigh­bor Cheryl Drews, who said pro­posed blast­ing of a rock ledge should be ad­dressed dur­ing the site plan ap­proval process.

“There will be sig­nif­i­cant blast­ing in or­der to put that ser­vice or sec­ondary road in and my house is right on the rock ledge ... that will be blasted,” she said. “I don’t know what my in­sur­ance will be, that, ... if some­thing oc­curs to my foun­da­tion, what ac­tions will be taken.”

Su­per­vi­sor James Quigley said the is­sue should be ad­dressed dur­ing the site plan re­view by the town Plan­ning Board.

Drews pre­vi­ously said there is con­cern about noise from a pro­posed re­pair garage Romeo Kia would op­er­ate di­rectly be­hind her house. She noted the garage doors are ex­pected to be open dur­ing the sum­mer be­cause the build­ing will not be air con­di­tioned.

Res­i­dent Keith Bax­ter, who has raised ob­jec­tions to some of the plans, voiced sup­port for the project af­ter his con­cerns about light­ing and storm wa­ter col­lec­tion were ad­dressed by en­gi­neers.

“They have made ev­ery ef­fort, if not more, to make sure that our con­cerns have been ad­dress and are sat­is­fac­tory to me,” he said. “We’ve come up with some very good res­o­lu­tions to my con­cerns and things I would like to see done. So I see no rea­son why they should not be given the op­por­tu­nity to go ahead.”

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

The new deal­er­ship for Romeo Kia will be just north of the new Hol­i­day Inn on Route 9W in Lake Katrine.

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